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IN THE DEKV WOODS.
There is a BprlnR-Umo ) n my soul to-tl.ay , An n i tii u do of peace I seldom reach , Af tbro' ilia solemn wood * my footsteps etny Where brooks Lave vo.ces und the bhudow speech. B knt as one wlio trends dark minster I wvndcr onward pa-t these loaf V shrines , While sunset thro' green casements eoftl And wines Its rosy censer mid tbc pines. Far ovcrhnod the bccchtrces' spreading net LeU l i faint glimpses of the sky's blue roof The tired loaves , dyed scarlet by sunset , Fall tangle Jin the brown cat th's dusky wool I hear tbc young brook whisper to the leaves And mark 1U scattered silver on the moss Jn dreamy uir the spider deftly weaves A lllniy sail for idle winds to toss. 1 pause beside the nltnrs of the trees , Where incense floats from every buddlnj ( pray , And like some d'stant ' slgMrig of tbc seas , Sound the soft wind-burps waking far away The alrBccms as a chnllcc , and its rim Is overflowed by sunlight's yellow wine , Anon , fomc Idling shadows softly dim Tbc mystery of its coloring divine. I smell the vague , sweet odor of tbc crass , Tbc perfume of pnst spr.ng-tlmes come again , And cvciy breeze that down tbc glailes dotl pass , Bears whispers of the silvery , summer rain In tbeec deep woods immortal yearnings mak < 'Ibe crfresf yes'crday become as dreams ; All lesser things my soul would e'er forsake To linccr here , wlicrc such endiantincn seems. What bliss to wander from tbc world set free. To feel the soft nir blow upon my face ; Oh 1 nameless rapture , be who knows not tbcc Hath never known life's one supremestgracc , The leaves and flowers are poems , every hrool That laves the tlim stalk of some bending reed , Is but a sentence In that wondrous book Where Genius finds its urand , eternal creed. Here Nature wakes about her haunts divine Far swei ter uutlicms than earth's feeble hymns , Whntsuams aerial haunt the dusky pine , Whoso blackened shade the star of evening dims. All better , nobler feellntrs come once more To 1 nccr with me as I wander here , Like ships returning from a brighter shore , I rcet them with tbc silence of a tear. Fain would I dwell forever hern alone In Ibese great woods unnoted and forgot , An everla-ling calm abou me thrown , The stars of eve to sentinel the spot. I would not bear the far off city's hum , Th tumults of the outside li'e ' should cease , To this dim refuge naught , should overcome To mar the blissful pcrlcctness of peace. Oh. song immortal ; oh divlnestsong ! Where shall I find tbce , if it bs not here ? I will no more return unto the .hronsr ; Here -will I rest and deem thee ever ne.ar. The woods shall yield their secrets unto me , 'I he sky smile softly thro' there leafv bars Whilst evermore my lc-t shall follow ibec CJp patl-ways leading to a land of stars. Elvira Kidtm JUlller , in The Current. FOOHTJI COUSINS. In the early sammer of I860 I went upon a visit to a distant relative of mine who lived in one of the Shetland Islands. It was early summer with myself then ; I was a medical student with life all before me life and hope , and joy and sorrow as well. ' I went north with the intention of working hard , and took quite a small library with me ; there was nothing in the shape of study I did not mean to do , and to diivo at ; the llora of the Ultima Thule , its fauna and seolog3 , too , to say nothing of chemistry and therapeu tics. So much for good intentions , but I majr as well confess it as not I never once opened my huge box of books during the live months I lived at II , and if 1 studied at all it was from the book of nature , which is open to every one who cares to con. its pages. The steamboat landed me at Ler- wick , and I completed my journey , with my boxes , next day in an open boat. It was a ver3' cold morning , with a gray , cold , choppy sea on , the spray from which dashed over the boat , wet ting me thoroughly , and making me ' feel pinched , blear-eyed and miserable. 1 even envied the seals I saw cosily aleep in dry , sandy caves , at the foot of the black and beetling. , rocks. | How very fantastic those rocks were , \ but cheerless , so cheerless ! Even the sea-birds that circled around them seemed screaming a dirge. An open ing in a wall of rock took us at length into a lou ° r , winding fiord , or arm ot the sea , with green bare fields on every side , and wild , weird-like sheep that gazed on us for a moment , then bleated and fled. Right at the end ol this rock stood nry friend's house , comfortable and solid-looking , but unsheltered by a single tree. "I shan't stay long here , " I said to myself , as I lauded. An hour or two afterward I had changed my mind edtirely. I was seated in a charmingly and cosily fur nished drawing-room upstairs. The windows looked out to and away across the broad Atlantic. How strange it was ; for the loch that had led me to the front of the house , and the waters of which rippfed up and down the very lawn , was part of the German ocean , and here at the back , and not a stone's throw distant , was the Atlantic ! Its great , green , dark billows rolled up and broke into foam against the black breastwork of cliflb beneath us.- The immense depth of its waves could be judged of by keep ing the eye lixed upon the tall , steeple- like rocks which shot up here and there through the water a little way out to sea at one moment these would appear like lofty spires , and next they would be almost entirely swallowed UD. UD.J3eside the fire , in an easy chair , sat my gray haired old relation and host , and not far oft * his wife. Hospitable , warm-hearted and genial both of them were. If marriages really are made in heaven , 1 could neb help think.ng theirs must have been , so ranch did they seem each on nor's counterpart. Presently Cousin Maggie entered , smiling to me as she did so ; her left hand lingered fondly for a moment on her father's gray locks , then she sat down uubidilen to the piano. On the strength of my blood rela tionship , distant though it was , for we were really only third or fourth cousins , 1 was made a member of this family from the fir.-a , and Maggie treated me as a brother. I was not entirety pleased with the latter ar ruigeni2iit : , because many days had I concluded it would jiot pis.-ed ere be a pleasant pastime for me to make i love to Cousin Maggie. But 'weeks went by , and niy love making "was still postponed ; it became a sine die kind of a probability. Maggie was constantly with me when out of doora my companion in all my fishing and shooting trips. But she carried not only a rod but even a rifle herself ; she could give me lessons in casting the fly and did ; she often shot dead the seals that I had merely wounded , and her prowess in rowing astonished me , and her daring in venturing so far to sea in our broad , open boat , often made me tremble for our safety. A frequent visitor for the first two months of my stay at R was a young and well to do farmer and lisher who came in his boat from a neighbor ing island , always accompanied by his sister and they usually stayed a day or two. I was not long in perceiving that this Mr. Thorforth was deeply in love with my cousin ; the state of her feel ing toward him it was some time be fore I could fathom , but the revelation came at last and quite unexpectedly. There was an old ruin some distance from the house , where , one lovely moonlight night , I happened to be seated alone. I was not alone , how ever ; from a window I could see my cousin and Thorforth coming towacd the place , and thinking to surprise them , I drew back under the shadow of a portion of the Avail. But I was not to be an actor in that scene , though it was one I shall never forget. I could not see his face , but hers' , on which the moonbeams fell , was pained , half-frightened , impatient. He was pleading his cause , he was telling the old , old story , with an earnestness and eloquence I had never heard surpassed. She stopped it at last. "Oh ! Magnus , " she cried. "Oh ! Magnus Thorforth , I never dreamed it would come to this ! Oh ! what grief you cause me , my' poor Magnus , nvy poor Magnus , my more than friend ! " What more was said need not be told. In a few moments he was gone , and she was kneeling on the green sward , just on thd spot where he had loft her , her hands clasped , and her face upturned to heaven. Next day , Magnus Thorforth went sadly awa } ' : even his sister looked sad. She must have known it all. I never saw them again. One da } ' , about a month after this , Maggie and I were together in a cave close by the ocean a favorite haunt of ours on hot afternoons. Our boat was drawn up close by. The day was bright and the sea calm , its tiny wave lets making'drowsy , dreamy music on the 3'ellow sands. She had been reading aloud , and I was gazing at her face. " 1 begin to thmkyou are beautiful , " I said. She looked down at me where I lay with those innocent eyes of hers that always looked into mine as frankly as a child's would. "I'm not sure , " I continued , "thatl shan't commence making love to you , and perhaps I might marry you. What would"you think of that ? " "Love ! " she laughed , as musically as a sea-nymph , "love ? Love betwixt a cousin and a cousin ? Prepos terous ! " "I dare say , " I resumed , pretending to pout , "you wouldn't marry me be cause I'm poor. " "Poor ! " she repeated , looking very firm and earnest now. "If the man I loved were poor I'd carry a creel for j liim. I'd gather shells for his sake ; ' but I don't love anybody and don't mean to. Come ! " So that was the beginning and the jnd of my love-making with Cousin Maggie. And Maggie had said she had never ueant to love anyone. Well , we never ; an tell what may be in our immediate future. Hardly had we left the cave that day , ind put off from the shore , ere cats'- KIWS began to ruflle the water. They same in from the west , and before we lad got half way to the distant head- arid , a steady breeze was blowing. iVe had hoisted our sail and vere run- ling before it .with the speed of s. gull > n "the wing. Once round the point we had a beam vind till we entered the liord , then we lad to beat to windward all the way tome , by which time it was blowing [ uile a gale. Jt went round more to the north ibout sunset , and then , for the lirst ime , we noticed a 3'acht of small dimen- ions on the distant horrizon. Her in- ention appeared to be that of rounding he island and probably anchoring on he lee side of it. She was ' HI an ugly j tosition , however , and we'all watched , ler anxiously till nightfall hid her j rom our view. I I retired early , but sleep was out of ' < he question , for the wind raged and ] lowled around the house like wild i reives. About 12 o'clock the sound j if . . gun fell on my ears. I could not | ie mistaken , for the window rattled in ] harp response. , i 1 sprang from my couch and began _ o dress , and immediately after , my ] ged relative entered the room. He i aoked younger and taller than I had , \ een him , hut very serious. "The yacht is on the Ba , " he said olemniy. They were words to me of fearful igmlicance. The yacht , I knew , must uou break up , and nothing could save ' lie crew. 1 I qu ckly followed my relative into 1 lie back drawing-room , where Mag1 1 ie was with her mother. We gazed < ut into the night , out and across the " [ > a. At the same moment , out there ' n the terrible Ba , a blue light sprang i n , revealing tlie 3'acht and even its ' eople on board. She was leaning < ell over to ono side , her masts gone , ' nd the spray dashing over her. : "Come , " cried Maggie , "there is ] o time to loose. We can guide their < oat to the cave. Come , cousin ! " 1 1 felt dazed , thunderstruck. Was I 1 3 take part in a forlorn hope ? Was i laggie - how beautiful and darling / lie looked now to assume the robe of 1 modern Grace Darling ? So it ap- I eared. j The events of that night came back J 5 mv memory now as ii they had hapJ eued but yesterday. It is a page in. my ] ast life that can never be obliterated. - Wo pulled out the fiord , Maggie nd I. and up under the lee of _ the is- ind , then , o'n rounding the point , we ' ncountered the whole force of the i sea and wind. There was a glimmer ing light on the wrecked yacht , am for that wo rowed , or rather wer < borne along on the gale. No boat sav < a Shetland skill'could have been trust ed in such a sea. As we neared the Ba , steadying her self by leaning on my shoulder , Mag gie stood half up and waved the lau tern , anil it was answered from th < wreck. Next moment it seemed t ( mo wo were on the lee side , and Mag gie herself hailed the shipwrcekei people. "Wo cannot come nearer , " she cried ; "lower your boat and follow our light closely. " "Take the tiller , now , " she contin ued , addressing me , "and steer for the light you see on the cliff. Keep hei well up , though , or all will be lost. " We waited and that with diflicult3 ! for a few minutes till we saw b3 the starlight that the yacht's boat was lowered , then away wo went. The light on the cliff-top moved slowty down the wind. I kept the boat's head a point or two above it , and on she dashed. The rocks loomed black and high as we neared them , the waves breaking in terrible turmoil be neath. Suddenly the light was lowered over the cliff down to the very waters edge. "Steady now , " cried my brave cousin , and the next moment we were round a point and into smooth watery with the yacht's boat close beside us , The place was partly cave , partly "noss. " We beached our boats and here we remained all night , and were ill rescued next morning by a fisher man's yawl. The yacht's people were the cap tain , his wife and one 1)03' Nor wegians all , Brinster by name. My story is nearly done. What need to tell of the gratitude of those whom Maggie's heroism had saved from a watery grave ? But it came to pass that when , a few months afterward , a beautiful new 3acht came round to the liord to take those shipwrecked mariners away , ' Cousin Maggie went with them on'a cruise. It came to pass also that when 1 paid my very next visit to 11 , in the following summer , I found living at my relatives house a Major Brinster and a Mrs. Brinster. And Mrs. Brinster was ruy Cousin Maggie , and Major Brinster was my Cousin Maggie's "fate. " Gordoii Stables. Deluded .Negroes. The close of the war found thou sands of unemployed , unrestrained , ivnd impecunious colored people in the District of Columbia. With every ad vancing step of our armies the } ' "gath- jred up great bales of articles that seemed most desirable to them" from their 'own domiciles , and from the iomes of their masters they made ; heir way to Washington , the Mecca > f their imaginations , under the im- iression that freedom and plenty were , o be attained by reaching it. They xtme by tens-and. b3' hundreds. The ) ld and the decrepit , the young and iclpless , the mitiale-agcd and strong. Dn foot they came , and they bore with hem their goods and chattels. Stout 'iris of 12 carried the fatr shining ba nes ; lads of all ages balanced upon heir heads baskets of provisions for he-journe3' ; buxom field-hands bore ; reat bales consisting of feather-beds , uisaum's dresses , mirrors , and band- loxes , and the men were burdened vith an amount of sundries that would nake a cart-load. No exertion was exhausting , no ob- tacle insurmountable. "Gwiue norf , I'here } 'ou all cum fruru , " was the xultant reply to all interrogatories oncoming their destination. They knew little , but they dreamed inch , of what would be the result of be sudden and unprovided-for change i their condition. Jt was a leap in lie dark , but the3r imagined it a leap rein darkness into hglft from a state f bondage into a glorious condition f freedom ; and the3' naturally con- idercd that they would be recipients f the blessings tluit such a change liould produce. Alas' ' alas ! for the awakening from lis delusion ! They found themselves t last in Washington , homeless and riendless. Thej' stood upon the harves and gazed and wondered. The great dome of the capitol , the , larble walls of the public buildings , ie bus\r throng going and coming orn their accustomed places of busi- ess , amazed them. No feast was Bered them ; they were invited to no ospitable homes. They found them- jlves strangers in a strangers laud , estitute and despised , and pinched Y hunger and faint with the reaction E stimulated imaginations , they be an to grope their way into alleys , and yways , and stable-lofts , and rude bvels , and so became , twenty five lousands of them , denizens of the merican metropolis. How they ved , . how they suffered , how they ied , will never be written. Bent Per- y Poor in Boston Budget. The Happy Men in Hospitality * The Canadian , as any one will admit ho has been his guest , possesses in i eminent and most enjoyable degree ie virtue of hospitalit3r. In him are ippily blended the best characteris es of the Englishman and the Ameri- in. The Englishman , hearty as the elcome which he extends to a guest. Ill compasses his house and his heart > und about with barriers of reserve id suspicion , which it is not always is } to surmount , or to throw down , he American on the other hand , for 1 his prompt courtesies and williug- 2ss to oblige and to entertain , is : ten apt to cany what we might call ie hotel and business atmosphere into is acquaintanceships. He entertains > yally , but it often seems as if he fudged the time and the personal at- mtion which are requisite in order tat the guest may enjoy himself to ie utmost. The Canadian , as we ive already said , blends in a happy .easuro the best traits of his British rogenitor and Ins American neighbor. Philadelphia Record. Tiie burelar , like bis fricad the philosopher , akc3 even-thing just as it comes , " and not frcauentlv scoea for it Tonkc.-j Gazette. HAIttYING IN THE WEST. The Advantages Over Other Parts of tin Country. Not many years ago , says Tin Chicago Timct , men who had achieved considerable success in central Now York in keeping cows and in making butter and cheese were invited to at" tend the meetings of dairymen's as sociations in the west , for the purpose 'of imparting information. No doubt they accomplished considerable good in the matter of affording instruction in the establishment of butter and cheese factories and in the sale of dairy products. In one respect their speaking had a bad effect. Their es timate of the capabilities of the west to produce milk , butter , and cheese that would compare in excellence with those produced in "York state" was exceedingly discouraging. Some of them thought that only inferior articles would ever be produced on prairie farms. They declared tnat it required a somewhat "hilly country to furnish the grasses that produce the best milk , and they stated that spring water was essential to successful dairying. A few took a rather more hopeful view of the matter. They expressed the belief that grasses suitable for the pro duction of good niilk would sometime be raised on the prairies. They thought , however , that one generation of men would be required to prepare farms for the occupation of dairying. After the native prairie sod was reduced , drains were cut , and the land kept in cultivated crops for thirt3f or forty years , the3r thought that , good past ures of tame grass might be establish ed and good milk produced. It was well enough to make in the meantime sonic butter and cheese for the supply of local markets , where the patrons were not ver3' particular , and some of these inferior dairy products might find a sale in the east at prices much below those realized by eastern dair\-- inen. Maii3' who listened to the re marks of these "wise men from the east" abandoned the idea of becoming dairymen , and others dilligeutl3r labor- oil to improve their farms so that their boys , in a distant future" , might make good butter and cheese. None , or at least very few , thought that they could successfully compete with "York state" dairymen in the production ot" butter and cheese designed for first- class customers in the great cities of the country. It took but a few years to demon strate the fact that the great prairies of the northwest were capable of pro ducing as much and as excellent grass as any territory in the country. In fact , it was shown that the native grass of the prairies furnished good food for inilch cows , and that the pasture grasses that are in favor in other places could be intro duced on a prairie sod with veiy little difficulty. With good grass and an abundance of grains , and with the same breeds of cows that were kept in the daiiy regions of the eastern states , there was no trouble in-obtaininggood milk. Skillful hands converted this milk into butter and cheese of excel lent qualit3' . At several national and international fairs butter and cheese made in Illinois , . Wisconsin , and Iowa were awarded the highest prizes. A reputation was gamed at home and in foreign countries. The proprietors of western creameries and cheese fac tories were proud to put their names on all the packages the\ ' sent out. They established boards of trade in ill the large towns which were dairy centers , and caused the wholesale dealers in butter and cheese to attend : hem in order to obtain goods to sell igain. They saved the margin long illowed commission merchants , abol- shed the credit S3-stem in disposing of lairy products , and adopted sound msincss rules. The prospect for dairying in the slates and territories composing the lorthwest are now excellent. "This ) ortion of the country enjo3rs ad vantages for daiiying not possessed ilsewhere. It is an excellent country or producing grass , which is the food shieily relied on for making milk. The ertilit\r of the soil has not been ex- lausted b\- the continuous production f grain , hops , and tobacco , as is the sase in many parts of the east. Corn ind all the smaller grains are chiefly aised. No commercial fertilizers are nquired in order to produce largo : rops. It is easier and cheaper to col- ect herds of dair3 * cows in the west han in the east. The production of eef is one of the leading institutions. Parties purchasing or raising animals o fatten prefer steers , and cows can eadily be obtained for daiiy purposes. Ihc facilities for marketing western tairy products are now almost every- hing that could be desired. There is n extensive local market. Butter and heese are in constant demand to stip- ily mining towns in the distant west nd lumber-camps in the north. Sev- ral times during the past few years he complaint has been made by east- rn dair3rmen that butter and cheese cere carried from Iowa to Boston heaper than from Vermont. Trans- iortation companies now contract o deliver western dairy prod- cts in Liverpool and Glasgow at ates that were not anticipated a few ears ago. In many places capital is necessaiy D develop the dairv interest in the rest. The farmers have no mone3' to ut in butter and cheese factories. 3' generally commenced poor. have spent years in improving lieir places. All the money they otild obtain from the sale of crops as been exhausted in making fences , reeling buildings , breaking the soil , nd purchasing machinery. They light exchange some of the stock they ow have for dairv cows , but tiie\ ' have ot the money to erect buildings suit- ble for butter and cheese factories nd to purchase suitable machinery ud implements for them. More nowledge of the proper sheltering nd care of milch c ws is also want- [ 1 , aad more instruction is needed in ie art of milking , the care of milk , the rising of cream , and the manufacture f butter and cheese. Western farm- rs have been advised to convert their rass and grain into meat and wool in rder to save in the matter of trans- ortation. There is a greater saving i the matter of tiansportation in con- erting grass and grain into butter and cheese than into me\t : and woo ! Another thing necessary to porma nenc } ' of success in dairying is retain ing a deserved reputation for excel lence in the articles produced and pul on the market. The adulteration ol butter and cheese , or the impoverish ment of the latter by the removal ol the cream from the milk , can not lon be carried on without destnjying tin ; reputation of the maker. Industrial .Brevities. Kansas correspondents report apple buds generally alive , and promising a fair crop of fruit. Peach buds were killed by the severe cold in all portions tions of the state , except in the south- central , where the promise for a full crop is encouraging. Pears and cher ries promise an'averago j'ield , except in the extreme northern counties , where they were damaged considerably during the winter. Blackberries and raspberries suffered from freezing.and will not make an average crop. The hardier varieties of grape "promise an abundant 3'iold in all sections , while strawberries will make about a half crop. The prospect fora fruit crop is much more encouraging than was an ticipated. Persons living in isolated regions in the territory are fond of stating that there are no insects to trouble fruit , or the trees ami vines that produce it. They seek to convey the impression that there is something in the localities where the3' live that is unfavorable to insects. This , how ever , is not the case. It is 01113 * a ques tion of time when insects , high taxes , and paupers will be as common there as in other places. J-leuiy Woodford , farrier , was pros ecuted the other day in London 1)3 * the Society for the Prevention of Cru elty to Animals for having burnt the mouth of a horse for "lampas , " which is an inflammation of the roof of the mouth caused ' disordered 03' teething or a dered stomach. A witness stated that he saw the horse held b3' a switch on the nose , whilst Woodford was smearIng - Ing the roof of the mouth with a hot iron. There was a quantity of smoke , and a frizzling noise arising from the burning of the flesh , and tiie animal was moving its. head backward and forward as if in great pain. The magistrate dismissed the charge , as the "evidence showed that veterinary surgeons were divided in opinion as to the treatment for lampas. " Mr A. C. Tichenor , sa3's a London paper , has lately patented a process by which a current is passed through milk contained in a vessel of special Form , and butter is formed in little balls on one of the electrodes. It is = aid that to extract the butter from fort3'-live litres of milk , the current from a d3'nanio-electric machine equivalent to that of about fortDan - icll cells , for from three to live initi ates is all that is required. With such i current the balls of bntter are suili- jinth' voluminous to detach them selves from the electrode and float to : he surface of the milk but the butter hus obtained has still to be churned , 10 as to work the small pieces into a lompact mass. In fining three butchers , a short ime ago , for selling blown mutton , Fustice Masse3\ Brooklyn , mauc he following sensible remarks : "It eems to me that a butcher who sells liseascd met is as guilt3' as an apolh- icaiy who sells poison. The fact that he druggist was ignorant of the na- ure of the goods he sold would be no ixcuse , and if he kuowingh' sold pois- m because it cost him less than the Irug a ked for ho would be guilty of . great crime. The same is true of hese butchers. I think the3' should tot be allowed to sell if they don't : now diseased meat , and should be everely dealt with if they knowingly ell it. " Ii is often a mystery why well-built nd carefully-managed houses , espo- iall3T in the country , burn down. An [ lustration of unsuspected causes was tmnd b3' the Sanitary Science chifo of Soston on one of its visits of inspec- ion to the houses of the members , 'he cellar had been lathed and plas- 3red , and the wood was allowed to 3iich the hot-air pipes of the furnace i four out of the six places where the ipes passed through. The aim 3emed to be to make as tight a joint s possible. A veiy hot lire could ardly have failed to char the laths. An Endlish paper sa3's : Lord Soutli- 5k's choice herd of polled cattle was ) ld off at Kiunaird last Wednesday , air prices were realized , but only > ur wore sold for the Americau mar- et , which were purchased 03- Lord irlio's factor for Air. L3'tilph Oglivy's irm in Colorado. Several lots wore 3ught by Lord Aberdeen and Lord Lrathmore for their respective herds , he breakup 01 tiie Kinnard. farm and itablishment greatly regretted b3 * 11 classes in Forfarshire. Prof. Sheldon sa3's the daily school sar Cork has had the effect of per- jptibly raising the average of butter i the south of Ireland. A number of iung women have been well drilled i the principles of butter-making in lat valuable institution , and these in irn have carried the reform into the icalities in which they live. The spiri i , of emulation is 'extending , and the j , sople arc beginning to take pride in , ieir dairy work. ] Reports received from iift3r of the j 7 tie hundred cattle ranges on the i ( herokee strip , the great cattle belt of ' ; ie west , show that the results ot" the f ; vere storms of the winter have not < jcn so disastrous as wore anticipated. , id a losof loss than 12 per cent , of . trough cattle have died thus far. j rith the wintered cattle it has not ; ? en so serious , the death rate among f ic-m below " cent. being > per : i The business of associated buttert aking , by the cream-gathering sysi i m , is rapidly extending in Connootig it. Several new enterprises of the 3 nd are being organized , and others \ ill are being talked up. The South-1 gton creamery reports the average > t eanrnirs nor cow , for the year 1884. have bienS'i4 , the gr-iss process bog - g 879 per cow , short of Sio per -ow r expenses. The farmers of the interior of 'est Virginia are truly afflicted. A tc : avy los-s of stock by the great scnrci- J c of food and the extreme cold is now \ d Ilowed by ravages 113' wolves , which fest the Elk and Greenbrier rncnmf tains , and bv eagles. A flock of eagles have carried off sheep and other small aloe * to the value of $1,000 in Union ' ' . f district , Cliij' count3' The making of a good milker de pends not 01113" in the ability of the cow to produce milk at a minimum cost , but essentially , alco , in the training , not only to develop these qualities to the highest degree. Proper feeding is necessary , and of fully as much valno will bo the training that induces reli ance upon the fonder and milker , and absence of fear. Utica parties have procured fifty thousand brook trout from the state Imtchery at Caledonia , N. Y. , for re stocking the east branch of the West Canada Creek. The young trout ar rived in Prospect Wednesday , and were at once started on the "road to Morehousoville. They will bo deposit ed in the creek near the latter village. Several farms in Yorkshire , and Lin colnshire , England , have recentl3rbecn let at euormo'is reductions in rent in some cases over 50 per cent below the average of recent 3'oare. In Lincoln shire a farm which , up to 188S , was taken at a rental of 1 tfs. I5d. poracre , has now been let at auction at 12s. per aero. A fanner in Mark's Creek township , North Carolina , on April 0 , just after daylight , was surprised to see a large bird fly down into his pen. Thou he hoard , a hog squeal. Ho fired and killed a bald eagle measuring seven foot from tip to tip of wings. The lialf-3'oar old hog was killed by the eagle. The value of the dairy product of the state of Iowa alone , for the year 884 , amounted to 850,000,000 ; while ho total value of the butter , choose , and milk produced in the United States , for 1831 , was $500,000.000. These figures are best appreciated by noting the value of some of the other products. Tha president of the Now York Daiiymon's association says that Ilolstem milk contains very small cream globules , which are slow to risoj hence 'the Uulstoin milk will boar transportation bettor than the milk of an\r other cow. He Was Itather Deaf. A voting man , who had formed an attachment to a young lady , went to her father's house to ask his consent to their union. The old gentleman , who was terribly deaf , was standing on the doorstop as his daughter's lover upproachod. The front door com manded a voiw of a meadow in which i cow was feeding , and while Mr. C. was looking in that direction the youthful lover , whose heart was over flowing with emotion , commenced the .ask he came to poform. "I am acquainted with 3rour daugh- er , " said he , in a loud tono. "She is a line boast. " remarked the > ld gentleman , looking at tiio cow. "Your daughter , " screamed the ruling man. "I have the honor to be veil acquainted with her. " 'She is a noble animal , " was the tuiot response. [ "Confound the old cow ! " said the oung man , in a whisper. "I wish ilio was out of sight. " ] "I was speaking about your amiable tnd accomplished daughter ! " "She is vor\7 kind , indeed ; never ireaks down the fences ; never kicks ivor the pail ; never strays away like ho other brutes I have. " "You don't understand me , sir ! I , -as speaking of your daughter at oanling-school. " " .No , i never put a board on her face ; lie never does any mischief hero at II. " "Your daughter ! " shouted the oung man , frantic with excitement. "Did you say I ought to ? " " " "No , "sir ! i" was speaking of 3'our aughter , the 3'ouug ladv'- away from omo. " "Oh , yes ; I have plcntv" of room , but think she is too old to keep much > ngcr. To tell 3-011 the truth , L have lade up ni3' mind to shut her up in 10 stable and feed her on chop stuff r a few weeks. " "Groat heavens ! " remarked the oung man to himself. "What shall lo ? This deafness will be the death E me. I will tr3' once more , and if lis effort fails I will resort to pencil ad paper. " "I should like to sa3 * a word or two > you respecting 3'oiir daughter. " "I shall let the "butcher lutvc her by id ' if ho will " " b3' give mv" price , lid the old man with emphasis. As a last resort , the young man used is pencil and paper showed his Ict- TS of introduction , handsomel3' Sn- arsed by men whose opinioti was sod authority on the delicate ques- on on the tftpta. After a little cross- icstioning and a little hesitation the d gentleman gave his consent , and hen the parties were married he de- ared it was the best haul he had made all his life. Philadelphia Times. Malniesbury'sSttcce.sdful Book. Nobody , in all probability , is more & itonished than Lord Malraeabury mself at the unexpected pecuniary iccess of his memo.r. The book was iginally set up in type at his owu ex- jnse , anil six months ago he v/ould adly hare sold the venture outright r 50. As it is , the not profits al- ady exceed 2,000 ; the first Fronc lition is nearly exhausted , and even r. Tauchnitz has paid handsomely r the right of reproduction. The tthor. eouis to have dictated the whole urk to the shorthand writer , and this icotinls for the curious' errors in the oiling of proper names which crept to the earlier editions. Lord Malmcs- iry will probably shortly issue an Iditional volume , bringing his narra- ; e down to the doatli of Lord Beacons- ild ; and in the interests of posterity : d contemporary history-making ho 11 writesup his diary every day th praiseworthy diligence. London o'rld. He Does 03- This lime. "Ma , can you get out ofour skin0" "Whv , mercy" no , child.Vliy do u ask ? " "Well , I heard pa tell another man it when he comes home nearly every jht he finds you beside yourself. 1 n't understand it , d > yon ? " " "No , my child ; but" I think your ; he"r will. " Judge.